Karachi:Former captain Younus Khan is planning to take the Pakistan Cricket Board to court over the indefinite ban imposed on him since last month.
Sources close to Younus said that his lawyer, Ahmed Qayyum had advised him that instead of filing an appeal with the PCB, it would be a better option to file a case in court over the ban.
The PCB this week refused to give out details of the reasons for the ban after Qayyum sent them a notice and instead the board advised him to file a formal appeal as per the constitution of the board.
"The feeling is that instead of filing a formal appeal and waiting for the PCB to explain the reasons for the ban it would be better to file a case in court which has the powers to make it binding for the board to give details off the basis on which they imposed bans and fines on seven players last month," one source said.
The source said that Younus was unhappy with the board attitude and their refusal to give a proper reply to his notice.
Analysts pointed out that if Younus went to court it could open a pandora's box as other players who are banned or fined could follow suit.
"Younus and his lawyer are not comfortable with filing an appeal with the board which will send it to an appellate tribunal it has itself formed," the source added.
Younus who is presently in the United States is due to return in two days time.
Three years back the board had also banned fast bowler, Shoaib Akhtar for five years on disciplinary grounds. He first appealed with an appellate tribunal that reduced the ban to 18 months and fined him seven million rupees.
He then filed a writ petition in the Lahore High Court which suspended the ban and allowed him to resume playing cricket. The case is still pending in court but the board recently deducted the seven million rupees fine from Shoaib's earnings for 2009.
The PCB imposed indefinite bans on Younus and Muhammad Yousuf and banned Shoaib Malik and Rana Naved for one year and fined them two million rupees each besides imposing fines on Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal and Umar Akmal.
Rana had also sent a notice to the board wanting to know the reasons for his punishment but he has also been told to file a formal appeal as per the constitution of the board.